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 General Information


The reliability of UNCSA facility’s fire detection and alarm systems is critical to the life safety of our residential occupants and the protection of our property.  Inspections performed in accordance with local, state and federal codes helps to ensure that our system operates as designed. It further helps to minimize the incidence of false alarms that may interrupt our operations.  Smoke detectors and sprinklers have been installed in each student room for protection in case of fire.  It is unlawful for students to tamper with this equipment or any other fire safety equipment.

Smoking is not permitted in any building on campus or within 50 feet of any entrance or air intake. No open flames are permitted, including burning of incense, candles, or potpourri.  Flammable liquids such as lighter fluid are prohibited.



When fire (smoke or flames) is discovered in a residence hall or any building on campus:

  • Notify building occupants to evacuate the building by activating the nearest fire alarm pull box.  This alarm is monitored and will trigger notification to UNCSA Police and the Winston Salem Fire Department.
  • Notify the nearest staff member.
  • Dial "55" from a UNCSA landline or 336-770-3362 from a cell phone to provide information to the UNCSA Police that will be shared with responding Fire personnel.  Provide any information about occupants that remain in the building or that may need special assistance in evacuating.

When any fire alarm sounds in a residence hall or any building on campus assume there is a fire and move as quickly as possible to exit the building. If possible:

  • Turn room lights on.
  • Close room windows as fire thrives on drafts.
  • Open drapery or curtains and/or raise blinds to help anyone outside the building see whether or not someone is trapped in one of the rooms.
  • Get a towel and wet it to use as protection against smoke, heat or flame, if necessary.
  • Take a coat and a pair of shoes with you.
  • Leave room and close door to reduce the potential for flames spreading.
  • Exit from building (walk) by going to the nearest stairwell and exit down to the outside of the building. If the nearest stairwell is blocked, then the second stairwell should be used.
  • If in the lounge, exit through the nearest door. Do not enter the residence hall or hallways.
  • If you are trapped in your room, do not open or break windows to call for help until you have blocked any drafts beneath their door with rugs, cushions, clothing or similar articles. You may break the window to signal for help.
  • Go to a designated fire evacuation safe zone and maintain a safe distance from the building (at least 300 feet).



Sanford Hall - to the top of the wooden stairs and gather by individual residence hall floors in sequential room order at the VA/Commuter parking lot.

Moore Hall - to Daniels Plaza and gather by individual residence hall floors in sequential room order.

Once at the safe zone locations, the High School Residence Life staff will check to see who is present and who is missing in an effort to determine if people are trapped in the building.

Fire Evacuation Zones for College Residence Halls



A&B Halls   


Behind the Elephants


C&D Halls    


Welcome Center Lot


E&F Halls


Top of the Hill Towards Performance Place


Bailey Street  


Welcome Center Lot


Center Stage


Grassy Area of Dumpster Near Main Office



Fire drills are conducted in every residential facility once per term and are scheduled to comply with the timeliness mandate established by the State of North Carolina.  These drills are used to ensure that staff and residents know proper evacuation procedures.
Drills are conducted by members of the Residence Life Programs & Housing staff and the Department of Police and Public Safety.

During the drill, residents are required to follow the evacuation guidelines as specified in the High School and College Handbooks. Residents are timed on their evacuation of the residence halls. The residents are instructed where to meet members of the High School and College Life staff to confirm their whereabouts. This accountability factor is extremely important should there be an actual fire.

Rooms are randomly checked during a fire drill to make sure everyone has evacuated the building. Any students found remaining in the building are charged with a school infraction and face judicial action for endangering themselves. Other violations found during room checks may result in disciplinary action.

Smoke Alarms + Sprinklers + Closed Doors = Lives Saved in Dorm Fires

Experimenting on a university dormitory that was scheduled to be torn down, fire researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated that the correct combination of automatic fire sprinkler systems, smoke alarms and closed doors provided enough time and safe conditions for residents to escape safely and for firefighters to perform their job without undue hazard.

Science Daily (Apr. 2, 2010)

On-Campus Residential Facility
Fire System and Incident information



 Fire Safety
Alarm Type



Moore Hall

Sanford Hall


Residence Hall A
Residence Hall B
Residence Hall C
Residence Hall D
Residence Hall E
Residence Hall F


Smoke detectors and    sprinklers have been installed in each
student room for
protection in case
of fire.


Systems are heat and smoke activated, with pull stations and
audio/visual devices.


Number of fire incidents



Fire cause: N/A
Number of injuries requiring medical treatment:  N/A
Number of deaths:  N/A
Property value:  N/A


Bailey Street Apartments


Center Stage Apartments

Smoke detectors and sprinklers have been installed in each
student room for
protection in case
of fire.

Systems are heat and smoke activated, with  audio/visual devices.


Fire Policies

Candles, incense, oil lamps, and halogen lamps are not permitted in the residence halls and apartments. These items produce an open flame or hotspot that emits smoke and may inadvertently start a fire or set off the smoke alarm system. Candles are not to be used, even as decorative items, because they pose a serious fire hazard to everyone in the residence hall or apartment. Students are encouraged to bring only laundry irons that have an automatic shut off feature. Live Christmas trees are not permitted in student rooms or apartments.

According to state laws, no barbecue grill of any type may be used on balconies, porches, or under stairwells. No equipment with a propane tank may be stored in these same areas. Grills may be used at least 10 feet from any building or structure.

Nationally, there are approximately 1,300 fires in high school and university residence halls.  Most common causes:

Arson (33%)
Cooking (21%)
Smoking (14%)
Open Flame (12%)
Electrical Distribution 8%
Appliances 6%

Electrical Appliances:  Most appliances for cooking are not permitted in student rooms for health and safety reasons. The only appliances permitted are coffee makers, microwave ovens and small refrigerators (no larger than 4.6 cubic feet).  Toaster ovens, hot plates or any other appliances with an open heating element are not permitted. The number of appliances plugged in may not exceed the number of outlets in the room.

Room DecorationsThe room or apartment will be each student’s home for the time living on campus. Decorations can add to the comfort of the room and can make it more attractive and homelike. Students should keep in mind while decorating that they are responsible for maintaining the condition of the room.  Existing lighting fixtures and wiring must not be changed or modified.

Fire Safety Education and Training

UNCSA Residence Life Programs and Housing provides annual training to Resident Assistants and Resident Managers.  At a minimum, the topics include:

· Whom to contact in an emergency
· How to assess an emergency situation
· How to respond using general response steps
· How to respond to fire emergencies
· How to properly use a fire extinguisher


Additionally, Residence Life Programs and Housing develops, maintains, and issues an annual Resident Assistant Handbook to all student staff members.  This Handbook contains all of the fundamental training and reference information needed throughout the year. Training takes on the experiential model through the use of fire drills. These drills are unannounced, so students and staff members must apply their learning to the actual situation. Subsequently, there is a follow-up debriefing discussion for the purpose of further developing staff competencies in fire safety, response, and evacuation measures.

UNCSA Residence Life Programs and Housing, UNCSA Police, and the UNCSA Office of Environmental Safety, and various UNCSA Art School Departments work with the City of Winston-Salem Fire Department to educate our students on a range of fire safety topics.  For example, this year there is a Fire Department Volunteer Project: Cooking Fire Play; a Video Contest on “Why is Campus Fire Safety Important”, and fire extinguisher training, among other programs.  In 2010-2011 a new Fire Drill Safety Plan for the Center Stage Apartments will be initiated.

Related Resources

High School Life Handbook

College Life Handbook  

University Smoking Policy